A Full Spectrum of Cannabinoids
Within the cannabis plant, there is a classification of compounds known as cannabinoids. Among these are CBD and THC, along with over 100 others which scientists have discovered naturally occur in different cannabis strains. These can be isolated and extracted to produce an incredible array of products from vapes and oils to tinctures and balms. With modern methods of extraction improving all the time, the benefits of using this product increases.
CBD and other cannabinoids are extracted from cannabis using one of several methods, the most common methods of extraction are either alcohol or CO2 extraction. Alcohol extraction is generally the less desirable option; if done poorly it may leave trace amounts of ethanol, solvents or heavy metals in the resulting extract. For extractors, the aim has always been to create a product that can present a cannabis plant’s unique profile and showcase the value of each compound within the plant. This goal has been achieved, using the CO2 super-critical method of extraction, preventing the loss of cannabinoids by extracting the oil at a lower temperature thereby achieving a full spectrum extraction.
What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil Extraction?
The Full Spectrum method keeps a plant as close to its natural makeup as possible. Extracting the full spectrum of the plant’s active ingredients maintains the plant’s natural integrity and balance. This enhances the overall therapeutic effects and keeps the extract as close to the original plant as possible. Full spectrum CO2 extraction allows for CBD to coexist with other available cannabinoids to provide the user with a synergy offered by that full spectrum of cannabinoids. Full spectrum CBD oil is an extract that contains all the compounds found naturally occurring, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids which work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits.
This is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect.”
Previously it was believed that CBD in its isolated form was more effective than full spectrum CBD this theory was debunked in 2005 by a study from the Lautenberg centre for general tumour immunology in Jerusalem. In the study, those subjects that were administered with full spectrum CBD were afforded a higher level of relief than those given CBD isolate. In addition, it was shown that full spectrum CBD provided an enhanced effect at higher dosages; the effect of CBD isolate remained the same with increased dosages. Cannabinoid isolates pale in comparison compared to an extract that also contains terpenes and flavonoids as one is experiencing the entire mirror image of the cannabis plant in the form of oil.
So are CBD isolates useless in comparison to full spectrum hemp oil?
This in no way diminishes the effectiveness or usefulness of CBD isolate; full spectrum products may not be suitable for everyone, but they are clearly by far the superior option in most applications. Elixinol does not produce isolates for the simple reason that they have limited application.
As researchers continue to learn more about these compounds, it may serve as a vital component in the future of medicine. With dozens of health benefits having already been revealed in existing studies, cannabinoids like CBD have the potential to positively impact the lives of countless individuals.